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Games Engineering student wins prestigious gaming award

Student wins Grad in Games award

We are pleased to announce that Robert Arnold was crowned winner of the 2018 Search for a Star in the Code category.

Robert, in his 4th year of Computer Science (Games Engineering) MComp with Industrial Placement, went head to head with four other nominees including Newcastle University student Alvaro Barúa Espejo. These prestigious awards are well-regarded throughout the UK game development industry, and it is testament to the hard work, creativity and technical ability of Robert and Alvaro that they were both shortlisted.

All the shortlisted nominees faced an expert interview panel of six industry professionals, from companies such as Sumo Digital, Boss Alien and Red Kite at the final held on Friday 06 April at Sheffield Hallam University before the winner of each category was chosen.

Speaking about the interview, Robert said, “Although the interview itself was intense it was also a great opportunity to talk to some of the industry leaders and see what they look for in graduates hoping to break into the industry.”

Robert’s entry ‘Sportsball’ built upon the original specification and made a competitive local multiplayer game where 2 to 4 players attempt to finish with the highest score by either getting ball into their score zones, or by knocking the other players off of the map. The gameplay was heavily inspired by the popular game "Gang Beasts". More information about the game can be found on his entry page.

Speaking of the award Dr Gary Ushaw said “Newcastle University’s Master's in Computer Game Engineering has provided the launchpad for over 150 graduates joining the game industry throughout the UK and beyond. This is in no small part due to the talent of our students, as shown by Robert and Alvaro’s well-deserved success in the Grads in Games awards.”

An image of Robert's Sportsball

published on: 9 April 2018